On the 10th June at the meeting of Char Valley Parish Council (our umbrella council) I proposed the motion that:
This council acknowledges that there is a worldwide climate and environmental emergency.
It was passed unanimously.
So that's a start. There are some important concerns that we don't know enough about what's happening and that it's hard to get at the facts about the emergency. So I'm trying to put together a collection of fairly sober and factual reports (from sources like the UN, the IPCC, The Guardian, The New York Times, WWF and the BBC) about the climate emergency, species extinction and environmental degradation. You see the beginnings of it here. If you have any thoughts about this or any new sites/links/publications to suggest, please let me know. I hope to expand on this, both for this site and for Char Valley Parish Council.
There are also important concerns that we ought not to alarm people. As someone who has become very alarmed about the state of the planet, I sympathise with this. Becoming aware of the scale of the crisis we face can make it hard to sleep at night.
On the other hand, it's only by becoming aware of the true enormity of the problem that we are going to get together and do something about it. So I'm also trying to put together a collection of some of the worrying views about the future of our planet. They're here. I encourage you to read them, but warn you the world may not feel the same once you have. Once again, please let me have any thoughts on this.
I'm Andrew Carey, the elected Parish Councillor for Stanton St Gabriel. I've lived in the parish since 1987. Thank you for visiting.